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Oliver Hilton

| Call 2002

Profile: Overview

Oliver enjoys a busy traditional and commercial Chancery practice. His expertise is in trusts, wills and estates, with a particular focus on succession and property disputes, pensions and related professional negligence matters. He has substantial experience in dealing with a broad range of administration and tax issues.As well as non-contentious drafting and advisory work, Oliver has a strong litigation practice. He appears regularly in the High Court and has acted on numerous occasions in matters before the Court of Appeal. In addition, he has considerable experience representing clients at mediations.He is experienced in dealing with large scale, complex, important and high profile matters. His practice also includes an international element, including matters relating to the jurisdictions of Jersey, Guernsey, Ireland, Singapore, various Caribbean islands, Australia and the US.Oliver is equally at home acting as sole counsel or being led, and he particularly enjoys working as part of a wider team.

Experience and Expertise

Oliver specialises in trusts, estates and property disputes, especially contentious probate, breach of fiduciary duties, setting aside lifetime transactions, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims and real property related litigation, including constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel and co-ownership disputes (both in the commercial and domestic context) as well as personal property.

Oliver regularly advises and acts for trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries on all issues that may arise during administration of trusts/estates/pension schemes, including questions of construction, distribution, the exercise of administrative and dispositive powers and Beddoe applications. He has gained a wealth of experience in drafting complex and intricate wills, trusts, pension documentation and associated instruments, as well as applying for variation of the same.

Oliver’s practice also includes dealing with the consequences of mistakes in relation to the creation of, amendments to and administration of wills, trusts and pension schemes, both in the context of rectification/rescission and removal from office.

Oliver's practice compliments his considerable expertise in pensions related matters, having acted and advised in relation to pensions liberation schemes, amendments to trust deeds, pensions administration, trustee disclosure, the winding up of schemes and the interaction between bankruptcy and pensions.

Oliver's trusts and estates expertise also encompasses charities and tax and professional negligence related matters.

A significant proportion of Oliver's chancery practice is commercial in nature. Fraud and asset tracing and recovery in particular form an important part of Oliver's practice. He also acts regularly in relation to company and shareholder disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions), partnerships, insolvency, business contract disputes, guarantees and finance related matters.

Further detailed information on particular practice areas, can be found on the pages to the left.




Cases and Work of Note


Publications, Articles and Talks


Oliver gives regular talks on all topics within his practice areas, including:




Professional Membership


Other Details:

VAT Registration Number: 820 497 235

Bar Membership Number: 44066


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Oliver Hilton
“is extremely knowledgeable on contested trust and negligence matters and can explain very complicated areas of the law in relatively simple terms”

Chambers HNW 2019